Transnational Lives, Mobility and Gender

The Transnational Lives, Mobility and Gender network (TL Network) has been formalized in Lisbon in 2010 as the principal result of the ESF Exploratory Workshop held at Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon (ICS-UL).

All the academic researchers in the TL network are interested in the numerous aspects of transnational living and recognize how people, goods, money and ideas move across national boundaries engendering changes in relationships between individuals and institutions. Families, households, political affiliations fostering new and diverse forms of social and economic integration within contemporary transnational society are emerging, not only in the European countries, but also in the countries of origin of migrant’s people. The Contemporary migratory model currently diverges from the classic family based model in which first males emigrate, later followed by the female through family regrouping. Since 1990, an increasing number of individuals migrate to Europe, maintaining important ties both with their countries of origin and with migrants living elsewhere. In migration and development studies, the family is mostly considered as a homogeneous unit of analysis with members living in the same geographical location, overlooking those living in other countries. Increasingly stringent European migration laws restricting entry and the opening up of particular economic sectors to migrant women have led to families ‘splitting' with at least one member migrating while others remain, presents new research challenges in many areas.

As development studies show, research on the effects of migration migrant-sending country development has mostly focused on the economic effects of household remittances. The TL network seeks to enlarge this by analyzing the effects migration has on individuals and their families. This focus is based on the assumption that the impacts on individuals essentially establish the long-term effects migration also brings for development.

The TL network is also a place for the discussion on the gender perspectives of human behavior of individuals in movement and the repercussions on family ties as well as their participation in the development of the countries involved. Human behavior differs in terms of gender and development in accordance with the prevailing social organizational and political culture.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the participants in the TL network is a very important facet to ensuring the capacity to analyze this complex and multi-dimensional project theme in a multidimensional and global approach. Dialogue and cooperation between European and African researchers is strongly encouraged but all the individual scholars and institutions from different empirical fields are welcomes. The participations of scholars coming from different countries and academic trajectories will allow discussing the complexity of this theme with a particular regard at the importance to establish a common theoretical point of view on the differentiated conditions in migration access in the origin society as well as a differentiated scope of social integration in Europe. 

The TL network proposes an innovative approach and topic with a potential impact on transnationalism studies to reinforce the scientific background in this area whose principal impact is to consider the multiples effects of mobility in the individuals in the contemporary world.

The TL network is part of the Observatory on Families and Family Policies in Portugal sited at ICS-UL.


Join us

Scholars involved in theoretical approaches related to migration, multicultural contexts and gender relations tackling the issue of transnationalism from different disciplinary perspectives, are encouraged to join the TL network. This is a space open to senior and junior researchers as well as to institutions interested in questioning how the focus on transnational living, integration and relationships affect the individuals in terms of identities, culture, political affiliation and development.

Join the TL network using the link in the home page and sending your brief CV and contacts.